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washington. why are they even voting on this plan? >> it is about leverage. it is about blame. the republicans want to be able to say, we passed a bill that would raise taxes on millionaires to keep tax rates the same for everyone who does not make $1 million a year. it was the democrats who vetoed it. if you look at the polls, the majority say the republicans will be to blame if the country goes over the fiscal cliff. this fiscal cliff is not thrown on the country. this was voted on by this congress. they have been fighting over the issue of the country's debt. the deal they are fighting over will not impact the debt. they are trying to impact the deficit, trying not to add that much more onto the national debt. they have been fighting about this for two years. republicans say the best way is to cut spending. democrats say this time to raise taxes on the wealthiest americans. two years ago they started fighting about this. here we are where we started two years ago. >> is this the debt ceiling debacle all over again? >> it could be the debt ceiling. they fought over tax rates
in this community and everywhere. >> al jazeera, washington. >> funerals have been held for the victims of a bakery bombing in hamas. activists say the air strike on sunday killed at least 90 people. many were lining up to buy bread at the time. the activists said the bakery was targeted. the government said it was terrorists. turkish officials said at least 700 people from hamas province have crossed the border. more than half a million people have fled syria in more than two years of fighting. there was a quick visit to the capital by brahimi. we met with assad but the outcome of the meeting remains unclear. >> yet another attempt by syria's envoy to find way to end the war. brahimi met assad in damascus. it is not clear if he has a concrete plan but brahimi is trying to get an agreement on a transitional government. >> i've met president assad and we ex-changed views on the next steps to be taken to move forward. we also discussed the steps that i see can be taken to help the people come out of this crisis. >> any political solution that would save the regime is unacceptable. the political solut
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